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2017 APA-IL State Conference

Hotel Indigo | Naper Settlement | Naperville Municipal Center
September 13-15, 2017
Naperville, IL


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2017 APA-IL State Conference Final Program cover

as of 9-11-17

THANK YOU 2017 Sponsors!
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Hitchcock Design Group logo
Farr Associates logo
Illinois Department of Transportation logo
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Gary R Weber Associates, Inc. logo
PCI of Illinois and Wisconsin logo
Rolf Campbell Associates logo
Business Districts, Inc. logo
Tyler Technologies logo
General Code logo
Valerie S. Kretchmer Assoc., Inc. logo
RATIO Architects: Architecture | Planning | Design logo
Solomon Cordwell Buenz logo
Sam Schwartz Consulting logo
The Lakota Group logo
Department of Urban + Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign logo
Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. logo
KLOA, Inc. logo
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs logo


The APA-IL is proud to provide the widely successful AICP Exam Prep Workshop, conveniently held at the 2017 APA-IL State Conference in Naperville. The FREE training workshop has been updated to reflect the 2017 exam “refresh” and will provide a review of key planning topics that could potentially appear on the exam. The session will be led by the same trainers who have conducted AICP training throughout the country for over a decade, including the 2017 National APA Conference in New York: John Houseal, AICP, Devin Lavigne, AICP, and Trevor Dick, AICP.

Questions about future AICP Exam Training should be directed to

Officials Training
Social Events

Plan Commissioner Training

Plan commissioners work hard reading packets, reviewing cases, conducting public hearings, and considering policy matters; but they rarely get the chance to sit back and look at the big picture of what they do and the significance it has to the communities in which they live. That will be the focus of this all-day track.


Most commissioners are not professionals in the planning or development field and can benefit from a bit of extra training on the topic. Even seasoned commissioners appreciate the chance to step back from the task of plan review and approval, learn what’s new in planning, and discuss their role with fellow commissioners.

All planning officials, boards, and commissions are welcome. Professional planners are welcome to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions. Planners will likely find the afternoon session, which includes a mock hearing and best practices for public hearings, the most useful.

Questions regarding future plan commissioner training sessions should be directed to

Session 1:  Panel Discussion with Planners and Attorneys

  • Introduction to planning and tools of the trade – History, comp plans, zoning, roles of other parties, responsibilities of commissioners 

  • Planning Tricks of the Trade – Running a meeting, Findings of Fact, Ethics, Ex Parte, conflict of interest, open meetings


Box Lunch with commissioners and trainers


Session 2: Mock Hearing

  • The mock hearing will cover typical items that occur during a public hearing and how best to handle the process. Commissioners will be asked to volunteer to read a script and play the parts, such as developer, attorney, engineer, architect, planner, neighbor. At several points, we will ask the audience how the hearing is going based on what they learned in the morning. We will discuss whether certain things could have been handled in a different manner so the commissioners will learn about best practices for conducting a hearing. 


Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn about the concepts and standards of planning.

  2. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of a plan commissioner.

  3. Learn about the roles and perspectives of others involved in the development approval process.


Michael Blue, FAICP, Teska Associates

Greg Jones, AICP Ancel Glink
Laurie Marston, FAICP, Chaddick Institute

David Silverman, AICP, Ancel Glink
Robert Sullivan, FAICP Westwood Planning Solutions

Cindy Winland, AICP

Social Events

Awards Reception and Exhibitor Meet & Greet

After the Awards Program, mingle with award winners and exhibitors at the meet and greet immediately following the awards. Held within Elements at Water Street, the new event venue within the Water Street development, home to Hotel Indigo, this reception joins you and other attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors with beautiful views of the Naperville Riverwalk while you enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, appetizers, and more.

APA-CMS TODrinks at Hotel Indigo

Join us for this special edition of the APA-CMS' TODrinks! Same rules as always: No agendas, no speeches, just a cash bar and talking shop with your fellow planners.

Conference registration is not required.

Meet Us at Quigley’s Irish Pub

Learn what great craic is in this pub designed, built, and shipped over from Ireland! Just when you think you can't have your Guinness and planning too, Quigley's cool-factor is compounded since it resides in the historic Jefferson Hill building, a mixed-use commercial development built in 1845 around a Greek Revival Mansion. 

Conference registration is not required.

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